Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema in children. It is chronic disease and can have remissions and relapses. Atopic dermatitis usually starts in infancy or early childhood. Children with family history of allergies are more likely to develop atopic dermatitis. The usual symptoms of atopic eczema are redness, dry skin and intense itching. The skin gets very dry and scaly but sometimes can get crusted or weepy. With infants and young children atopic dermatitis usually is seen on the face, scalp or on elbows and knees. In older children, atopic dermatitis usually is sen on the folds of the elbows, hands and/or knees.